Idaho has one school offering up to a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in fashion design. That would be the University of Idaho - a public 4-year institution.
Idaho is a part of WICHE – the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. The 17 WICHE States include
Alaska • Arizona • California • Colorado • Hawaii • Montana • Nevada • New Mexico
North Dakota • Oregon • South Dakota • Utah • Washington • Wyoming
The territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Idaho makes 17 states.
WUE (Western Undergraduate Exchange) is a scholarship open to residents of these states. You do have to qualify, but it's an option.
Let’s take a look at the school...
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The best way to get to know a school, is to talk to someone in the school.
Before we get into the facts and figures, FSS brings you an interview with a University of Idaho instructor you're likely to meet.
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The University of Idaho has a mid-size campus in a rural setting.
The good: 89 % of reviews were positive siting the beautiful school and a great campus
The bad: Complaints about food & meal plans and that the town is small and with nothing to do in it.
Let’s take a look at your budget…
Tuition, Housing & Meals, Books, Other
The cost and tuition table below is very clear. There are just a few things to point out
To be admitted, one needs proof of insurance. That may be either
SHIP costs 2019 to 2020 Approx. $159/month x 12 = $951 for spring and fall = $1,902
Always remember personal insurance has to meet the standard set by the school, so check if your personal coverage is adequate or covers your school at all.
I liked their website on first impressions but was quickly turned off when I searched for “fashion”.
I was taken to a "request more info" page - a blatant attempt to get my email.
And too soon I might add, before i.e. even have the chance to decide whether or not this school has what I am looking for.
That was a bit annoying.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the form I had to fill was asking for my race and ethnicity.
Maybe that is normal for statistics sake.
But before I even know whether I want to be at this school?
I felt like that was too much.
Only after I gave information, could I then use the website.
Unfortunately, with this school, I was met with a big lack of information. Apart from basic info, I cannot recommend or not recommend this school or program because I feel like I simply do not have enough information about it.
But I'm still working to track down the information. So, I will update you all as soon as I do.
UPDATE: Whatever I couldn’t find directly on the website, I was able to find out by talking directly with faculty staff and have included in this article.
Since my Interview with Lori Wahl, I think they have a great program at the University of Idaho.
But I still expect more out of their website.
If I hadn’t gone the extra mile to find out about the school and their courses, I may have overlooked them entirely.
Are there opportunities for fashion in Idaho?
Yes, but not quite like you might expect. Which, I think is a good thing.
This article by idahostatesman.com talks about several Idaho based designers. What I noticed as a common thread was that, design-based businesses in Idaho tend to be
Cost of Living in Idaho
Accommodation is on the lower end of the spectrum at under $1,700 per month for a 3 bedroom apartment in the city centre.
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On the food front, Idaho seems to be a “cold beer and steaks” kind of affair.
I was a little concerned as a vegan. But I'm happy to report that yes there are several vegan and vegan option eateries in Idaho and Boise.
Apart from that here are your basic food prices…
There is public transport, but it’s probably more convenient to have a car.
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That’s it for this fashion school review. Hope it helps!